Why do people limit their reading, media consumption, and curiosity? People and places of this world are fascinating (if not always attractive, likeable, or distinctive). Limiting one’s scope is debilitating and leads to boredom—solved only by viewing hours of daytime television.
I recall my first discovery of street markets in Asia, after growing up in the hygienic bubble of US supermarkets and malls. I enjoyed wandering past the stalls, discovering sights, smells, and sounds of non-uniformity of the real world. Al Jazeera offers a similar experience in television reporting about the world. Their stories and features are as varied as the most fascinating market. Some are revealing, some disturbing, some educational, some informative, some banal, some enlightening, some humorous. They are everything Fox News lies about being and other serious channels wish they would be allowed to be by corporate owners.
I read an interesting article about Al Jazeera (http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201106/al-jazeera-english-ayman-mohyeldin-michael-paterniti?printable=true). Unfortunately, viewing this news channel in the United States is restricted by foolish, ignorant men. What those men do not realize is that the channel is feared and hated hated America's enemies. Why? Because they report what is happening, not propaganda or spin. Of course, they are not always in awe of the alleged leader of the free world and shine a much-needed light on its decline, questionable policies, and arrogance.
The article made me wonder about peoples’ lack of curiosity. I recall living in Kentucky, where it was difficult to find news of anything happening beyond 25 miles of Louisville. The same is true of most of the United States, where few care about the rest of the world. Al Jazeera provides a window (there are many others, as well) on a wider, exciting world, if anyone could receive it and if anyone would be smart enough to care...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.